The Bering Sea crab fishermen's tour will have you set out into the calm protected waters of Ketchikan, Alaska on the Aleutian Ballad crab boat which was a part of season two of the Discovery Channel's award-winning TV series Deadliest Catch.
The Aleutian Ballad is the only genuine Bering Sea crab fishing vessel licensed to carry leisure passengers. It has been completely remodeled to provide the comfort and safety you expect in a top-notch excursion. The Bering Sea Crab fishermen's tour allows people from all walks of life to stand on the edge of the commercial fishing world.
It is a profession that has captured the interest and fascination of millions worldwide. Our heated amphitheater allows you to enjoy an experience unlike any other. You will watch the crew work though many different types of commercial fishing gear as you are educated and inspired by their way of life.
Be prepared with your camera to capture the King and snow crab, octopus, prawns and sharks, just to name a few, that are placed in the live tank on-deck before being released back into the wild. Alaska is home to eagles, whales, seals and sea lions. These magnificent creatures form images and memories that will live with you forever. What we share with you is the extraordinary experience of life aboard a beautiful working boat. What you take home with you - is the heart of its crew.
An adventure so real - you can hold it in your hand!
Included: Complimentary coffee, tea & hot chocolate. Rain ponchos and rain coats provided as needed. There are 4 restrooms onboard the ship.
Please note: Minimum age is 5 years old. Child price is for 5-12 year olds. 13 and older must buy an adult ticket.
Duration: 3 hours (Roundtrip from cruise ship terminal.)
- Insulated coats and raincoats are provided if needed
- Hot beverages of tea, coffee, or hot chocolate
- 4 restrooms are available for use onboard
Duration: 3 hours.
- 30 minutes general information, crew introduction and safety briefing
- 30 minutes sail to fishing grounds, stories from the crew and long line fishing
- 30 minutes eagle encounter
- 60 minutes crab fishing, octopus barrel and stories from the crew
- 30 minutes return to port, final stories and photos with crew
- This tour meets at your ship's gangway. Fully detailed instructions are included on your finalized ticket vouchers.
ADA Accessibility of Tour:
- This tour is wheelchair and scooter accessible. Service dogs are welcome. Please leave a comment during checkout if accommodations for motorized equipment will be required on tour. If operator is unaware beforehand of necessary accommodations, they may not be able to accommodate guests day-of.
Will I get sea sick?
It’s highly unlikely that you will need it, however If you are extremely sensitive to motion you may want to take typical motion sickness medicine before coming. This tour is conducted in the very calm and protected waters of Southeast Alaska and the boat is built for premium stability.
Was this boat on Deadliest Catch?
Yes, the F/V Aleutian Ballad was featured on Season 2 of the Discovery Channel’s number one series Deadliest Catch. It was made famous when, purely by chance, a camera was mounted in the wheelhouse by the camera crew. Just moments later a massive rouge wave which almost capsized the boat was caught on film. It has become one of the most watched film clips in the series history.
What is the best seat?
The boat was designed to ensure all seats would have premium visibility.
Are there any restrooms availble?
Yes, there are 4 restrooms available to use onboard.
Will I see any wildlife or bears on this tour?
Wildlife is abundant in Southeast Alaska and sighting animals above and below the sea are part of the tour! Bears are a spotted on occasion but are not guaranteed.
Do you cancel the tour if it is raining or bad weather?
Depending on the day-of conditions, but seating is covered and heaters ensure guests stay nice and dry in even the wettest weather.
Does this tour go to the Bering Sea?
The tour is located in Ketchikan, Alaska which is 1,200 miles from the Bering Sea. You will not be in the Bering Sea.
Are the crew actual fishermen?
All crew are Bering Sea crab fishermen and had to have fished at least one season in the Bering Sea in order to work aboard our boat.
Are there any age restrictions?
Minimum age to participate is 5 years old.
Can I bring a backpack?
Backpacks, small bags, and purses are allowed on this tour.
Can I bring my own food or drink?
Outside food and drink are not allowed.
Are food and drink included?
Hot beverages of tea, coffee, or hot chocolate are included.
Are there any physical requirements for this tour?
This tour is accesible to all.
What type of clothing should I wear?
Layered clothing and weather appropriate outer wear. The seating area of the boat is covered and heated.
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